Lebanon: Daesh next battle ground

Lebanon-Flag-256[1]Last week, Syrian forces liberated Palmyra region which was under Daesh terrorists control for nearly one year. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad thanked his allies, Iran, Russia, and Hizbullah for standing beside Syrian people against the US-Israel funded anti-government insurgency.

Daesh is expected to meet the same fate in Iraq. However, I don’t believe Daesh murderers would vanish from the region – because it was created by the CIA, Mossad and MI6 to destabilize the region in order to maintain Israel as regional super-power. The US-Israel military strategists had realized long ago that that was only possible once the ‘Axis of Resistance’ (Syria, Iran and Lebanon) was broken. Since the planned has failed as result of the US-Iran nuclear agreement and Daesh recent defeats in both Syria and Iraq – Lebanon could be the next target of Daesh.

The Jewish army that suffered defeat at the hands of Hizbullah in Lebanon in 2000 and 2006, wouldn’t like to lose such golden opportunity. Lebanese foreign minister Gebran Bassil spoke such possibility on Sunday in an interview with Russian Russian media.

Lebanon is considered a ‘soft belly’ by several world powers. It’s the only country in region that lacks even a conventional army. Lebanon has no air-force or navy. Its borders are protected by some old tanks and armed vehicles. The French occupation regime made sure Lebanese don’t have the means to resist foreign occupation.

In addition to the ‘toothless’ army, Israel’s border with Lebanon is protected by the so-called United Nation Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) which has always been controlled by pro-Israel officials thanks to Washington.

South Lebanon and Beirut city still have some old pro-Israel Christian sympathizers of now-defunct South Lebanon Army (Phalangist). Most of its leaders took refuge in Israel after Jewish army withdrawal in 2000. It’s commander Gen. Antoine Lahad ran a restaurant in Tel Aviv but later moved to Paris where he died last year. The militia was founded by Gen. Saad Hadad with help from Jewish army in 1982. Lebanese government declared him traitor and sentenced him to death in absentia.

Hizbullah don’t have tanks or jets to fight the Jewish army either, but in 2009, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Knesset: “Today Hizbullah is the real Lebanese army, and it has replaced the actual Lebanese army as a major force that is arming itself and training like any other army.”

On Monday, Hizbullah fighters attacked Daesh in Al-Zweitni area in the eastern region of Lebanon, killing or wounding a dozen of insurgents.

On April 2, 2016, Andre Vitchek, an investigative journalist, author, and film-maker wrote: The Lebanese military is under-staffed, badly armed and terribly trained. In the end it is Hizbullah, the most prominent military, social and ideological force in Lebanon, which is holding the line. It is fighting a tremendous, epic battle, in which it has already lost more men than it did when combating the most recent Israeli invasion in 2006. So far, Hizbullah’s combat against the terrorist groups is successful. But in addition to providing defense, it is now the only political force in Lebanon that is willing to reach across the sectarian divides. It is also offering much needed social support to hundreds of thousands of poor Lebanese citizens. In Lebanon and in fact all over the Middle East, Hizbullah is deeply respected.

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